- Jim McGovern
name =Jim McGovern
date of birth=birth date and age|1959|11|20
place of birth =
district = 3rd
January 3, 1997
succeeded = Incumbent
spouse = Lisa McGovern
occupation= political assistant
James P. "Jim" McGovern (born
November 20, 1959), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representativessince January 3, 1997, representing the 3rd District of Massachusetts.
A native of
Worcester, Massachusetts, McGovern graduated from Worcester Academyand earned a Masters of Public Administrationat American Universityin Washington, D. C.. He was a staff member for Senator George McGovernof South Dakota(to whom he is not related) and for Representative Joe Moakleybefore entering the House.
Jim McGovern managed the 1984 presidential campaign of George McGovern, and he delivered the former South Dakota senator's nomination speech at the
Democratic National Conventionthat year. In 1989, McGovern was appointed by Congressman Moakley to lead an investigation into the murder of several missionaries in El Salvador. In 1995, he served as an alternate member of the Interagency Council on Women.
McGovern is currently a Democratic whip for the New England region.
Current committee assignments
* Committee on the Budget
* Committee on Rules
** Subcommittee on Rules and the Organization of the House (Chairman)
McGovern is the author of a resolution that would force President Bush to end the
Iraq War.McGovern was one of five members of Congress arrested on 28 April 2006after protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy over atrocities in the Darfurregion. [Jim Doyle, [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/28/MNG4RIH93T7.DTL Five members of Congress arrested over Sudan protest] , "San Francisco Chronicle", 28 April 2006. Accessed 2006-09-25.]
In April 2007 McGovern called for the United States and other countries to boycott the
2008 Olympic Gamesin Beijing, Chinato protest the Chinese government's support of the Sudanese government and extensibly the slaughter in Darfur. [Melady, Mark. [http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070414/NEWS/704140340/1005/NEWS06 McGovern suggests boycott of Olympics.] " Worcester Telegram & Gazette", April 14 2007. Accessed April 14 2007.]
On March 25, 2008 a controversial editorial appeared in the "
Wall Street Journal," discussing McGovern's opposition to the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement and his connections to an intermediary to the FARC rebels in Colombia. The editorial accused McGovern of making "an ardent effort to do business directly with the FARC." [ [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120640555842961083.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks Review & Outlook: A FARC Fan's Notes.] " Wall Street Journal," March 25 2008. Accessed June 23 2008.] McGovern said the editorial erroneously conflates two separate issues: his opposition to a proposed Colombian trade deal based on what he calls that country’s human rights abuses against union organizers, and his efforts to help win the release of hostages held by the FARC. [ [http://www.telegram.com/article/20080326/NEWS/803260394/1052/NEWSREWIND McGovern angry over claim he backs Colombian rebels.] " Worcester Telegram & Gazette", March 26 2008. Accessed June 23 2008.]
* [http://www.house.gov/mcgovern Congressman James P. McGovern] , U.S. House site
* [http://www.jimmcgovern.com/ Re-Elect Congressman Jim McGovern] , official campaign site
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Jim_McGovern Profile] at
* [http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/1025-17.htm US Representative Jim McGovern to Introduce Bill Ending Funding for Iraq War] , via Common Dreams NewsCenter,
October 25, 2005
* [http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060109/mcgovern The Legacy of Four Women by George McGovern & Jim McGovern] , via The Nation,
December 21, 2005
* [http://www.soaw.org/new/newswire_detail.php?id=227 McGovern blasts School of Americas; Holy Cross holds forum on Army training program] , via School of American Watch,
January 17, 2003
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